Easter for me as a kid always consisted of travelling around Australia attending MG Car Club National Meetings. Or worse, being left with relatives while Mum and Dad attended National Meetings. If you don’t know what an MG is, google it. It’s a car you may’ve seen on the side of the road broken down at some stage or maybe tail-gated because the driver was enjoying a leisurely cruise at any time of the day or week.
Last Easter we had just arrived in Turkey Creek, W.A. I drove 2 hours in a Holden Rodeo ute with my 6 month old baby to our new home where i’d meet my husband who’d flown a helicopter ahead of me. I was shocked at the filthy state of the place when we arrived but tried to keep my chin up remembering that we’d bought huge Cadbury Easter Bunnies that we planned to devour in the air-conditioning once the little one went to sleep. You can imagine my devastation when the bunnies were flowing like a river out of the car due to the intense heat! Luckily we had sweet friends who sacrificed some of their eggs for us when we got home. We were so blessed by that gesture. So our first easter as a family wasn’t exactly filled with exciting new traditions.
This year we had the opportunity to do something special! We took Little Boy to get a haircut (which I didn’t realise he needed until after it’d been cut), we ate out, went to church on Friday and Sunday, had an easter egg hunt at Oma and Opa’s with the cousins and this afternoon after church we hid a few plastic eggs with Tiny Teddies in them around the house for Little Boy to find. As you can tell from the photos, he LOVED it. I think we may’ve found a new, frugal, (hopefully healthier next year) Easter tradition. They cost me $2 from the reject shop, and anything could be hidden in them. Thinking dried fruits or grapes or blueberries or anything yummy. Kids just love the hunt. Great if kids have allergies or sensitivities to chocolate.
I also popped a few tubes of bubbles, a sticker book and some little pots of play-dough in his Easter Basket.
A much nicer tradition than car racing/observing/
complaining commenting I think!
While we wait for Husband’s skin infection to subside, we’ve tried to fill our week with the following:
- Ticking off every food experience we will miss while living in the sticks, including Grill’d, Thai, Indian, a lot of coffee and banana bread, easter eggs, McDonalds soft serves, fancy brunches with beautiful friends etc
- Sleeping, snoozing and napping in our delightful bed, because there’s nothing quite like your own bed
- Drs checkups, although i’m procrastinating at getting Little Boy’s 18month immunisation for chicken pox in case he catches it!
- Feeling immense guilt at all the people i’m supposed to catch up with (sorry if you’re one of them)
- Organising a tenant (or two) to rent our house while we’re away. Praise God, they are moving in next week.
- Packing, of course. Although that’s taking some time because we *still* don’t have a date to leave.
We feel very blessed that we are here for Easter! Adamstown Community Church did a lovely Good Friday afternoon service today. Although I was
playing helping in kids church with Little Boy, it was still great to fellowship with our church family on such a special occasion. If you’re looking for somewhere on Sunday to hear the true meaning of Easter and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, come along to Adamstown at 9:30am or check out another local church. Come as you are!
I read somewhere that all good blogs have photos.
Welcome to my attempt at a general blog about myself. The only thing I’m an expert at!
The aim of this blog is to keep family and friends updated in a very general way on what’s happening while we live in remote Western Australia for an amazing work opportunity for my husband. God-willing he will be flying tourists in a helicopter over the Kimberley’s Bungle Bungle ranges. A stunning sight.
The original plan: Husband leave tonight, start work tomorrow morning. Me and Little Boy stay here in our (relatively luxurious) apartment home for a few weeks and then make the treacherous 24+ hour journey to join Husband at our temporary new home on the other side of the country.
Reality: Husband gets diagnosed with not-so-nice-but-non-contagious skin infection and awkward goodbyes are stretched out another week or so until he’s cleared for travel. We figure we’d be silly not to travel all together with 6+ months worth of luggage and an adventurous 18 month old.
And so we wait.
In the meantime i’m putting my brand spanking new MacBook Air to use (purchased specifically to curb remote area boredom) and hopefully starting a wonderfully relaxing and purposeful hobby that is blogging.
I’m not sure if the font is going to “publish” as this hideous Times New Roman or whether it’ll correct itself into something less of a Windows 95 Word document look. Lots to learn
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